Morocco Itinerary

Interested in visiting Morocco? Read on to discover inspirational Morocco itineraries that'll have you uncovering this diverse country in authentic, exhilarating style, whether you're seeking the bustling energy of Marrakech, the serene vastness of the Sahara, or the historic charm of Fez.

Itinerary tips from Jana: your Moroccan Travel Expert

Morocco is a mosaic of cultures, landscapes, and experiences, with each city — from the lively streets of Marrakech, to the tranquil beaches of Essaouira — offering unique charm and attractions. Therefore, a tailored itinerary helps you maximise your time, ensuring you don’t miss out on hidden gems and cultural highlights that make Morocco truly special.

With years of experience and in-depth local knowledge, Jana, our in-house Moroccan travel expert, is here to guide you through the complexities of planning. Whether you're interested in exploring ancient medinas, experiencing vibrant local markets, or embarking on scenic hikes in the Atlas Mountains, a well-planned itinerary will ensure you enjoy a seamless and enriching travel experience. 

So, let's work together to create a journey that reflects your interests, pace, and style, making your Moroccan adventure utterly unforgettable.

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Tips from Jana

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"Planning your Morocco itinerary is an exciting adventure in itself, and the importance of crafting a well-thought-out itinerary can't be overstated". 

If you're planning your own trip to Morocco, use these expert-craft itineraries as a starting point. For more inspiration, dive into our itineraries for different durations: 7 days - 10 days and Marrakech itinerary.

7 day Morocco itinerary

A 7-day itinerary of Morocco offers the perfect balance between exploration and relaxation. 

Day 1 and Day 2 are best spent in Marrakech, immersing yourself in the vibrant Jemaa el-Fnaa square and exploring the historic palaces and gardens. 

On Day 3, venture to the Atlas Mountains to enjoy guided hike across breathtaking landscapes. 

Come Day 4, journey to Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where ancient kasbahs tell tales of a bygone age. 

Spend Day 5 traversing the captivating Dades Valley, known for its stunning rock formations and traditional Berber villages. 

On Day 6 an excursion to the mesmerising Sahara Desert awaits. Here you can experience a camel trek and stay overnight in a desert camp under the stars. 

Finally, on Day 7, return to Marrakech, allowing time to savor the local cuisine, shop in the souks, or relax in one of the city’s serene riads. 

In summary, this this itinerary offers a concise and comprehensive experience of Morocco’s diverse landscapes and cultures. 

The weather in Morocco in May is great for bike tours © Shutterstock

Biking in the Atlas Mountains © Shutterstock

10 day Morocco itinerary

This 10-day Moroccan adventure begins with your Day 1 arrival in Casablanca, offering leisure time in the evening and an overnight stay. 

Day 2 unveils the majestic Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, followed by a tour of Rabat's landmarks, including Oudaia Kasbah and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V. Next, you'll head to Chefchaouen for the night. 

Day 3 is dedicated to exploring the enchanting blue city of Chefchaouen, visiting the "Spanish" mosque and enjoying the local medina. 

The journey continues on Day 4 to Fez, where you'll delve into the ancient quarters of Fez el-Bali and its historic sites.

Day 5 features a day trip to Meknes and the Roman Ruins of Volubilis, returning to Fez for the night.

Day 6 and Day 7 offer immersion in the Sahara Desert, from the Middle Atlas mountains to the Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga, including a desert camp experience.

Day 7 brings a sunrise dune photography session, and a camel caravan excursion, with optional trips to local attractions. 

Day 8 takes you from the desert through the Sarhro volcanic mountains, Nekob, Draa Valley, Agdz, and the iconic Ksar of Ait BenHaddou, ending with an arrival in Marrakech. 

Day 9 will be spent exploring Marrakech’s vibrant medina, Bahia Palace, and Djemaa el-Fna square. 

Finally, on Day 10, you'll depart from Marrakech or Casablanca airport.

Blue City - Chefchaouen, Morocco © Shutterstock

Chefchaouen, also known as the Blue City © Shutterstock

14 day Morocco itinerary

Your 14-day Moroccan odyssey begins in Tangier. Spend Days 1 and 2 absorbing the city's unique charm, and unwinding in Petit Socco's historic cafés. 

Then, head to Chefchaouen for Days 3 and 4, where you can relish the laidback atmosphere and picturesque blue streets of this tranquil town.

Days 5 and 6 are for exploring Meknes, including Moulay Ismail’s Ville Impériale, and the nearby Roman ruins of Volubilis. 

Next, immerse yourself in the bustling souks and tanneries of Fez el Bali on Days 7 and 8 — a quintessential Moroccan experience in Fez.

You'll journey to Merzouga on Days 9 and 10 to witness the majestic Erg Chebbi dunes of the Sahara. 

On Day 11, you'll discover the stunning architecture and history of Aït Benhaddou, home to some of Morocco's most impressive kasbahs.

The High Atlas Mountains await on Day 12, offering world-class trekking experiences through ancient mule tracks and secluded Berber villages. 

Day 13 in Marrakesh heralds whirlwind of activity, from bartering for goods in the medina, to visiting the vibrant theater of Jemaa el Fna.

Conclude your journey on Day 14 in Essaouira, an artsy coastal town.

Essaouira in Morocco © Shutterstock

Essaouira in Morocco © Shutterstock

The best time for a Morocco holiday

While visiting Morocco offers a unique experience in each season, the best time to visit Morocco is during spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November). 

At this time, the weather is pleasantly warm — perfect for exploring historic cities like Marrakech, Fes, and Casablanca, and for outdoor activities in the Atlas Mountains. 

Meanwhile, summer (July and August) is ideal for beachgoers, especially in coastal cities like Essaouira and Agadir.

Alternatively, winter's cooler weather (December to February) is suitable for cultural tours in cities, with the potential for snow in the mountains. Fewer tourists make for a more authentic experience.

Get even more useful information for your trip with our Morocco travel tips.

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